Sounds Spooky Workshop

Duration: 1 hour
Number of students: max 60
Ages: years K-6

What’s covered:

Sarah will use 'Sounds Spooky' to demonstrate how an illustrator interprets a text and creates a visual narrative.


  • Interactive reading of the text using voice and rhythm to create a spooky soundscape.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at the innovative sculptural technique that Sarah used to produce the illustrations - see how the 3D models were created and how the images were digitally manipulated. Sarah will show actual models, rough drawings, working drawings, and process photos.

Workshop Component: Design a Haunted House

Sarah will guide students through designing and sketching a cut-away view of a haunted house and the characters that live inside. Students will learn how to draw interiors in three dimensional perspective, and how to create visual narratives.

Collaborative Drawing

As a group, students invent a story about a bat, spider, or other spooky animal, and direct Sarah while she produces a ten minute pastel drawing, which will be donated to the school.

Click here to see some of Sarah's 10 minute drawings.

Students will need:

  • A sharp pencil and an eraser
  • A4 paper
  • Clipboard, deskspace or floorspace to lean on.

Sarah will need:

  • A smartboard or dataprojector with sound
  • A microphone
  • A whiteboard
  • A private room/library/hall with space for students to spread out and draw

Pre-workshop Prep:

It helps for students to be familiar with the Fearless books - please read them with you students if you have a chance.

Useful Resources

To help you prepare or for follow-up lessons:

Visit the Sounds Spooky website to view the trailer, tell a spooky joke, download the teacher's notes and other resources.

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